WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton on Manchester City:“They’ve been outstanding in pre-season, and if we’re looking at a team gelling and showing the quality that they have, they have definitely shown that already.
“For us, we’re up against top-class opposition that will have more possession than we do. It’s going to be a very tough opening game, but we have to play them at some stage.
“It’s a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it’s a good day for the team as well.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “Hopefully next season I will be here. If so, we won’t spend like this season, I assure you of that.
“The club never bought full-backs in seven years. Man City had one of the oldest teams in Europe. The market is what it is.”